Government Equalities Office

Publication of memorandum on its Departmental Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08

Alongside its oversight of the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Communities and Local Government Committee has assumed responsibility for overseeing the work of the Government Equalities Office, a separate Government Department created last year.

In line with that responsibility, the Committee has sought further information from the GEO following publication of its Annual Report and Accounts for 2007-08. The information provided by the GEO in response to that request has now been published on the Committee's website. It covers, among other things:

€ The Government's performance against the targets it set for the Gender Public Service Agreement in the 2004 Comprehensive Spending Review, including Government Departments' performance in the appointment of women to public bodies;

€ The proposed targets to be set for the Equality Public Service Agreement following the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review;

€ GEO's core financial information and staffing.

The full GEO memorandum can be found at:


Committee Membership is as follows: Dr Phyllis Starkey MP (Chair, Lab), Sir Paul Beresford MP (Con), Mr Clive Betts MP (Lab), John Cummings MP (Lab), Jim Dobbin MP (Lab/Co-op), Andrew George (Lib Dem), Mr Greg Hands MP (Con), Anne Main MP (Con), Mr Bill Olner MP (Lab), Dr John Pugh MP (Lib Dem), Emily Thornberry MP (Lab).

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